5 Mets Fantasy Baseball Sleepers to Watch in 2014

Shale BriskinContributor IIIApril 17, 2014

5 Mets Fantasy Baseball Sleepers to Watch in 2014

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    David Goldman

    In recent years, David Wright has been one of the few regular New York Metsif not the only Met—to be selected quickly in fantasy baseball drafts.

    The Mets have had some other star players on the team, but they either underperformed or play positions that feature plenty of other great options across the league.

    With that being said, there are a few current Mets that may be underrated and should probably get more attention in fantasy leagues. Here are five Mets fantasy baseball sleepers to watch this season.

    Statistics courtesy of MLB.com

2B Daniel Murphy

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    Jae C. Hong

    Daniel Murphy has continued to improve himself as a good second baseman over the past few seasons. He gets a lot of hits, racks up doubles and has become a base stealer, too. All in all, he's a pretty good second baseman for anyone to have.

    With that being said, Murphy has gone seemingly under-appreciated in fantasy leagues. Big names such as Robinson Cano, Jason Kipnis, Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler usually get a lot more attention than Murphy. This is not to say that Murphy is an elite second baseman like those individuals, but he should be much more appreciated at his position.

    Murphy is long overdue for a trip to the MLB All-Star Game. If he has a great first few months to his season this year, he might finally make it to the Midsummer Classic.

    Murphy is hitting .298 with three doubles and five RBI this season. 

LF Eric Young Jr.

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    Ross D. Franklin

    Eric Young Jr. led the National League with 46 stolen bases in 2013. The speedy left fielder has been playing every day in that position so far this season. It's likely he's not fully appreciated because he's still developing as an actual hitter.

    Stolen bases can be a very valuable fantasy category. Young can provide plenty of steals for one's fantasy team. He already has nine steals in just 15 games. If a team is in need of steals, look no further than Young, who may not necessarily be a hot commodity in all leagues. 

CF Juan Lagares

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    Jae C. Hong

    Despite recently being placed on the disabled list, Juan Lagares was off to a very good start over the first few weeks of the season.

    After struggling for much of 2013, Lagares could become a major sleeper if his hitting improves dramatically this season. Furthermore, thanks to his great defense, he will almost certainly get the majority of playing time throughout the season.

    Lagares is currently hitting .314 with three doubles, one home run and seven RBI. 

SP Jenrry Mejia

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    Matt York

    Jenrry Mejia has got off to a very good start this season as the Mets' fifth starter. He originally beat out Daisuke Matsuzaka to make the Mets' rotation out of spring training, and he has run with the opportunity ever since.

    Mejia may not get much national attention for fantasy leagues, but he is an underrated pitcher that definitely should get more attention going forward. If he keeps pitching this well, it will be very difficult to remove him from the Mets rotation when Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero most likely get promoted in either June or July.

    Mejia is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts this season. 

MR Kyle Farnsworth

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    Matt York

    Not every fantasy league features holds as a pitching category, but for those leagues that do, Kyle Farnsworth is a setup man worth picking up.

    Farnsworth was recently called up to the Mets' roster to replace Bobby Parnell, who will miss the rest of the season due to Tommy John surgery. With Jose Valverde now the Mets' closer, Farnsworth seems to have recently become Terry Collins' most trusted setup man.

    Farnsworth has a 1.23 ERA in eight appearances with three holds to lead the Mets.